Bring your own device: an employer’s checklist

A YouGov survey, published last month, found that 47 per cent of UK adults use personal mobile devices, such as iPhones and tablets, for work purposes. However, it also found that only 23 per cent of employers formally regulate their use at work. There are a number of advantages in allowing staff to use personal devices for work, including increased flexibility, convenience, accessibility, productivity and higher morale. However, the practice also carries a number of real business risks, given that the device is owned by someone other than the employer.

How you approach the issue of BYOD depends on the nature of your business, whether the practice offers you any real benefits, as well as your IT budget and capabilities. Ideally, you should look at this issue together with your legal advisers, HR and IT teams. Once your direction is clear, decide whether to adopt a formal policy (which may be linked to internal disciplinary, data protection and social media policies) or simply rely on technological solutions…

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